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Denison Admission Requirements

Granville, Ohio

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Chances of getting into Denison University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
29.4%
Admission Difficulty for Denison University
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Denison and can I get accepted? The school has a 29% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,590 out of 8,812 applicants were admitted making Denison a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. Denison University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Denison SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1200-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
45%
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1310

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Denison University?

Denison University typically requires applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Denison University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >41%
1305 to 1410 Avg + 29%-41%
1200 to 1305 Avg - 19%-29%
1095 to 1200 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1095 Low <12%
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Denison ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
31%
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Denison?

Admission data indicates that Denison regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Denison University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Denison University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >41%
29 to 31 Avg + 29%-41%
27 to 29 Avg - 19%-29%
25 to 27 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 25 Low <12%
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Denison GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Denison University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Denison. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Denison University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Denison will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Denison University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 35% Good
3.50 to 3.75 23% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 22% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

88% of Denison University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Denison University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Denison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,867 3,945 8,812
Accepted 1,384 1,206 2,590
Acceptance Rate 28% 31% 29%
Enrolled 309 316 625
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Denison University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Denison University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Denison University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202523 IPEDS survey data for Denison University.

FAQs

Does Denison University prefer SAT or ACT?

45% of students submit their SAT scores to Denison. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Denison University?

29% of those who apply are granted admission to Denison. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1410. 45% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 31% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.